Mission & Values
Mission Statement: “To prepare physicians to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ using knowledge and skills in Lifestyle Medicine and Global Health to make individuals and communities whole”.
- Servant Leadership
Vision Statement: To Create A Worldwide Health Epidemic
Greg Steinke is the kind of person who I trust implicitly. He speaks with the same gentle humor and kindness, no matter whether he is speaking to the department chair, teaching residents about cognitive behavioral techniques, leading the discussion in a classroom of smokers, or to a severely wounded patient who storms angrily into the clinic.
Joel Mundall has an exceptional memory. He is meticulous about documenting precisely what he did in an office visit, choosing his words so that he communicates no more and no less than what happened. He has this same meticulous understanding of statistics, and helps the residents interpret the data that is presented in journal clubs.
Jamie Crounse quietly and effectively started a monthly global health small group for all residents at LLU. He organized meals, fellowship, and speakers to make the time together rich and enjoyable.
Alicia Paris-Pombo, when she was asked to run for chief resident. “I am not the most qualified person, but I am here to serve you. Tell me what your values are, and I will advocate for solutions which are consistent with your values.”
Audley Williams, one of our first residents in the combined program, was the class president of his MS3 and MS4 years and served as chief resident for a year. The year after Audley started, an applicant to the program said, “As soon as I found out Audley was coming to Loma Linda FM residency, I applied. I would follow Audley anywhere.”
Alicia really strikes me as creative and positively innovative. “I love problems! They are meant to be solved!” As chief resident, she came up with a proposal of how to restructure the combined residents into teams that would help to solve scheduling conflicts at a macro-system level.
Sarah Winslow is interested in academic medicine, and invented a Faculty Development elective rotation to help her hone some of her skills as a teacher.
Funding for Robert Poquechoque’s elective rotation in Bolivia fell through at the last minute. He went anyway.
Jessica Watters, one of our Global Health residents, speaks three languages. She cares so much about learning culturally relevant care, that during her first two years of training, she has traveled from China to Alaska to learn about cultural care in the patient-centered medical home. One of her interests is to organize a patient-advisory committee for the residency/clinic.
Jamie Crounse came in twice in the middle of the night to care for a patient in early labor. He had only met her once, but her regular doctor was out of town. When his class let him out a bit early the next day, rather than go home to sleep, he came back to the hospital to deliver her.
Natasha Denissov, as an intern, helped to arrange and lead a session on mindfulness, teaching her colleagues how to use stillness to relax and center themselves in the midst of a very stressful lifestyle.
Tenisha Mitchell really embodies a grateful, cheerful spirit. You can hardly pass by her without getting a grin and a hug, no matter how hard her class and rotation schedule is.
The family medicine attending who was sleeping in one of the call rooms heard some noise early one morning. He peered out to find Jamie Crounse and Albert Mu, two residents on the Family Medicine in-patient service, quietly praying together for each patient on the census list before anyone else arrived for pre-rounds.
One of our residencies’ most passionate discussions early in our combined program was about the content and timing of a residency retreat. We talked about living in the tension between the strong spiritual values of our group and a spirit of inclusivity. It is challenging to invite maximum participation without imposing a particular set of religious rules on one another. Several of the combined residents (Sarah Turner, Jessica Watters, Jamie Crounse) helped to articulate that our final approach really had to be rooted and grounded in how we love and forgive one another.